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Great White Shark Dive Tour to Gansbaai

Tour Length2 days
Priced from pps $435 R6276 £327 384 A$613 C$579 NZ$634 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Great White Shark Diving

  • Starts & ends in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Accommodation Guesthouse / B&B
  • Transport Microbus / Shark Cage Diving Boat
  • Wildlife Whales & Sea Life, Shark Cage Diving & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

An exhilarating two-day Great White Shark Diving Tour to Dyer Island, off the coast of Gansbaai in South Africa. Experience one of the top shark cage diving destinations in the world with an expert crew and marine biologist!

Embark on two shark cage diving boat trips from the Kleinbaai harbour, getting up close to majestic Great White Sharks at Dyer Island. Come face-to-face with these powerful creatures of the deep from the safety of a specially designed shark diving cage secured to the sturdy custom built boat. Also look out for the rest of the Marine Big Five (dolphins, whales, seals and penguins), commonly spotted on the boat trips.

Spend the night at a comfortable guesthouse in Gansbaai, relaxing after your unforgettable adventure with these massive marine predators.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Highlights of the One Day Shark Diving Tour include:

  • two shark cage diving trips in Gansbaai
  • onboard marine biologist & expert crew
  • one night of guesthouse accommodation
  • guaranteed clean, dry wetsuits
  • continental breakfasts
  • in-depth briefing before the trips
  • weatherproof & life jackets
  • 1 guide for every 3 to 4 clients
  • snacks & drinks on the boat
  • light meal & debriefing after the dives

Day 1: Cape Town to Gansbaai – South Africa

Our shark cage diving adventure sets off early this morning, collecting passengers from central locations in Cape Town city. Leaving the scenic city behind we drive to Gansbaai, about two and a half hours away. Located in the Overberg Region, Gansbaai is the top great white shark cage diving destination in South Africa.

On this picturesque drive we cross the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, passing pretty lakes and farmlands in the lush countryside of the Western Cape Province. We travel along the rugged coastline to Hermanus, one of the best places for land-based whale watching on the planet. From this famous whale watching destination we continue to the fishing town of Gansbaai, where our Great White Shark Diving Adventure takes place. We make our way to the Kleinbaai harbour of Gansbaai - the 'Great White Capital of South Africa'.

Arriving at our well-equipped headquarters a continental breakfast is served with tea or coffee. Before the boat trip an in-depth briefing about great white sharks, the dive and safety procedures is held at the centre. Then we take to the sea in our custom-built catamaran and embark on the 25 minute journey to Dyer Island, where we drop anchor. The exact anchoring point and thus the duration of the boat trip, depends on shark activity on the day.

Next, the specially designed stainless steel cage is lowered into the water, about a metre below the surface, where it stays firmly secured to the boat. It's time to put on your designated wetsuit, booties, hoodie, weight belt and mask, and prepare for your dive. This is where the adrenalin rush kicks in!

The crew helps you into the cage where your head stays above water until you decide to go underwater to watch the sharks swimming past. When a shark is spotted approaching, the crew on the boat raises the alarm and you dive down under the water's surface to see the graceful predator up close, deciding exactly how long you want to keep your head underwater. Great white sharks are regularly spotted off Dyer Island year-round with a success rate of about 99% on this trip.

We spend about two hours out at sea, fortified with drinks and snacks (bread rolls, chips, cold drinks and hot chocolate). The sturdy cage holds eight people comfortably allowing everyone to spend as much time as possible viewing the sharks underwater. When not submerged in the water, you can watch the sharks from the spacious upper and lower decks, offering unrivalled views and unobstructed photographic opportunities. After your thrilling encounter with the great white sharks we take a quick trip through Shark Alley, weather permitting. Shark Alley is renowned for the abundance of sharks drawn to the channel to prey on the Cape Fur Seals of Geyser Rock - a breeding colony of about 60000 seals.

Back on shore hot soup and bread is served beside the cosy fireplace and heaters, during the debriefing and great white shark conservation roundup. Afterwards you are free to relax and explore Kleinbaai and the rest of Gansbaai. Our guesthouse accommodation is at the headquarters, or nearby, so you can enjoy dinner (own expense) at the a la carte restaurant or in town.

Day 2: Gansbaai to Cape Town – South Africa

After a hearty breakfast at the guesthouse we walk down to the natural harbour of Kleinbaai and board the catamaran for our second shark cage diving trip. In addition to great whites, two or more of the other Marine Big Five animals (dolphins, whales, seals and penguins) are usually spotted on the trip, along with several marine bird species.

Taking to the sea again we motor out to Dyer Island for more close-up great white shark encounters. Some of these sharks reach over four metres in length!

After our morning adventure we return to the centre for hot soup and bread and a debriefing. Then it is time to head back to Cape Town, where you are dropped off at a central location in the city, bringing this unforgettable shark cage diving adventure in South Africa, to an end.

The Diving Boat, Cage & Gear

This tour is conducted in a custom-built shark cage diving boat designed for safety, stability, comfort and speed. This 46 foot (14m) long catamaran features a spacious upper deck for surface views of the sharks and other marine animals, and two platforms for the bait and decoy handlers to ensure the best possible shark viewing. This lightweight aluminium vessel is powered by four big four-stroke 300 hp outboard engines and is equipped with the most advanced electronic navigation equipment. The unique boat features a central food area, storage facilities for personal items and both male and female toilets.

The state-of-the-art shark diving cage is 4.5m long and 2.5m deep, comfortably accommodating eight divers at a time. The professionally engineered cage is made of stainless steel, consisting of 25mm² tubing covered in 6mm security mesh with 160mm spacing. The cage remains securely fixed to the boat and is covered with two lids, providing a safe, comfortable and spacious viewing environment.

With over 150 wetsuits on hand, a clean and dry wetsuit is guaranteed on this trip. Clients are also provided with a high quality mask, hoodie, weight belt and booties for the dive, as well as a clean, dry towel.

What to Bring:

We recommend taking the following items on your trip: warm weatherproof clothing, anti-seasickness tablets, sunscreen, hat, camera and binoculars.

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+Included in the Tour Price
  • 2 great white shark cage dives
  • return transfers from Cape Town
  • one night of accommodation in Gansbaai
  • breakfasts and light lunches
  • snacks and drinks on the boat
  • wetsuit, weight belt, mask & booties
  • weather jacket, life jacket & towel
  • marine biologist on every trip
  • one guide per 3 to 4 clients
  • videographer on board
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • anti-seasickness tablets
  • dinner
  • underwater cameras
  • memorabilia and souvenirs
+Departure Dates

This Shark Cage Diving Tour departs daily.

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